John Legend Ranks High on Fortune's 2016 "World's Greatest Leaders" List
John Legend's got a long list of impressive titles under his belt. Not only is he a 10-time Grammy winning musician, husband to supermodel Chrissy Teigen, and soon-to-be father, but he's also a philanthropist. Legend's impressive advocacy work spans many, many issues and has landed him media attention almost as often as his music.
In November 2015, Legend was named one of InStyle's "Shining Stars" for his do-gooder ways and, on Thursday, he was thrown into the spotlight again when Fortune announced its "World's Greatest Leaders" list for 2016. The list features influential figures from around the world in business, philanthropy, and the arts. Legend was ranked No. 6 for his efforts to reform United States' school and prison systems. Other notables to make the cut include Bono, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Pope Francis.
In honoring Legend, Fortune recognized his tireless philanthropic efforts—"serving on boards, penning editorials, and conducting listening tours in prisons and schools." Last fall, the singer's education-focused nonprofit launched #FREEAMERICA, a campaign aimed at reducing mass incarceration, which gained momentum and was recognized by President Barack Obama. As a result, Legend was awarded the President's Award from the NAACP for his work assisting rehabilitated felons reenter society—rather than sitting behind bars.
In the video below, Legend talks about why he feels strongly about these issues as part of his InStyle "Shining Stars" interview with InStyle's special correspondent and founder and CEO of FEED, Lauren Bush Lauren.